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About the Author
Joe Wilkins grew up in eastern Montana on a sheep and hay ranch north of the Bull Mountains. He is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Father, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, and three collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His debut novel Fall Back Down When I Die was praised as "remarkable and unforgettable" in Booklist (starred review). He lives with his family in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College.
The most striking component of [Wilkins's work] is its awareness of 'the whole world.' What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.--Indiana Review
No matter where Wilkins' travels find him, his approach to the world is the same. He's perceptive, reverent, big-hearted, but also angry, sad, lost and grieving. [...] In certain poems we find a bird's-eye view, soaring, untrammeled, light as air. And in others we are undeniably earthbound, with grit in our teeth and eyes, our knuckles and knees bloody and stinging.--Missoula Independent
If you want to read what matters, read Joe Wilkins.--Tupelo Quarterly